PAGASA: Election day records hottest temperature of 2016 so far

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Filipinos who lined up for hours to cast their votes on Monday (May 9) can attest that Election Day was scorching hot.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that on Monday, Tuguegarao seared with 40.2 °C – the hottest recorded temperature nationwide since January 2016.

Metro Manila was blistering that day at 36.6 °C.

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But suffrage did not suffer from the sweltering heat as voters packed polling stations. As a matter of fact, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said voter turnout reached a historic 81 percent, or over 40 million enduring the heat to cast their ballots.

The temperature today is hot as the election

— John Ray Balang (@johnraybalang) May 9, 2016

Though people withstood the heat, the machines were not so tolerant.

The high temperature may have taken its toll on the vote counting machines (VCMs), some overheating during the polls.

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And relying on what's at hand, election authorities used an electric fan to cool down a VCM that malfunctioned at the Ramon Magsaysay High School in Manila.